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maniac

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishmaniacma‧ni‧ac /ˈmeɪniæk/ ●○○ noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 1 informalCRAZY someone who behaves in a stupid or dangerous way syn lunatic 🔊 He drove like a maniac to the hospital. 🔊 Suddenly this maniac ran out into the middle of the road.2 religious/sex maniac3 someone who is mentally illhomicidal maniac (=someone who kills people)
Examples from the Corpus
maniacHe drives like a maniac.The occupant of the stolen car was driving like a maniac.I was running around the dance floor like a maniac.I signed it without speaking, incredibly delighted, grinning like a maniac.I had to calm down, and not lurch around in traffic like a maniac.He was one of those smiling gloomy maniacs.He didn't smile, or laugh like maniacs are supposed to.Scientists on the other side were maniacs, to a man.like a maniacJim had his foot on the floor, swinging around potholes, driving like a maniac.She packed her bag together and drove like a maniac to the mikva.I was running around the dance floor like a maniac.I signed it without speaking, incredibly delighted, grinning like a maniac.Just as the train pulled out of the station a lorry load of soldiers drove in like maniacs.He didn't smile, or laugh like maniacs are supposed to.I looked like a maniac, of course, with my hair all wet, my shoes sopping.I had to calm down, and not lurch around in traffic like a maniac.homicidal maniacEven if he is murdered by a homicidal maniac he has chosen to be at a certain place at a certain time.Kerns is Sara Rayner, whose orderly little life comes apart when she is attacked and raped by a homicidal maniac.But none as far as I know is a homicidal maniac.Could be a concerned taxpayer, a homicidal maniac, some trial lawyer.a homicidal maniac
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